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UIW Inagural Nursing Lecture

Pictured L-R are Dr. Mary Hoke, Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions, Dr. Karen Weis, Professor of Nursing and Dunlap Chair, Mary Ann Rankin and Andrew Rankin at the inaugural Sr. Margaret Mary (Lucilla), CCVI Nursing Lecture which took place on March 6, at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Goldsbury Center for Children & Families Auditorium. The lecture, presented by Karen Weis, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN was on "Prenatal Maternal Identity Formation and the Relationship to Birth Outcomes.” The lecture was endowed through a generous gift from Andrew, BSN ’67, and Mary Ann Rankin. The lecture honors Sr. Lucilla’s memory and her positive impact on his nursing career as well as her contributions to the nursing profession and the lives of the students she touched.



Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • There will be no noon mass from Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16. We will be participating in alternative spring break.
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at (210) 829-3131 or

Lenten Reflection  God’s bond with his people:  “You are a people sacred to the Lord…He brought you out with a strong hand from the place of slavery…the faithful God who keeps his covenant...” Deuteronomy 7: 6 – 9.   

Inauguration Liturgy
To avoid any confusion about the Inauguration Liturgy on Thursday, March 22, and realizing the community’s excitement for the occasion, we must clarify that seating in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word will be very limited and many of the seats will be reserved for guests who have received a ticket. While there will be some seating remaining for our community and the public, we cannot guarantee availability to guests without a ticket. Thank you for your understanding.

University Mission and Ministry - Alternative Spring Break
University Mission & Ministry is hosting its 9th Annual Alternative Spring Break this March. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. daily from Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 in the McDermott Convocation Center before going out into the community. The bus will depart from the Convocation Center at 8:30 a.m., and return to campus by 3 p.m. This year our efforts will be focused on painting houses and doing neighborhood clean-up around the Frank Garrett Community Center. You can volunteer for one, two, or all seven days. For info, contact Dr. Adam Mulder at (210) 805-3690 / or Dr. Joleen Beltrami at (210) 829-3875 / To sign up, please visit: 


UMM 40 cans for Lent


During the 40 Days of Lent the UIW community has been asked to collect one canned good each day, starting Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, in solidarity with those who may not know where their next meal may come from -- knowing that this gift is a gift to Word made flesh. Please drop off your donation in AD 147.

Suggested non-perishable food items include:  canned tuna/chicken, canned soups, canned vegetables/ fruit, peanut butter and jelly, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, noodles, vegetable oil, sugar, salt and other spices.

As always, thank you for your generosity and act of love. For more information, contact University Mission & Ministry at (210) 832-5316 or


The WORD IN ACTION:  Incarnate Word Sisters and San Antonio Historical Tour
Walk in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word Sisters in this free historical tour on Sunday March 24 from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. The tour, which will begin and end at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, takes participants through San Francisco de la Espada Mission, where the Sisters taught, and the San Fernando Cathedral nearby where the first orphanage opened. Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will provide historical insights and modern-day perspectives. 

For tour information visit: 

For more information and to volunteer, contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability at (210) 283-6423.



Art of the Texas Sacred Springs
The UIW Department of Art and Headwaters at Incarnate Word present Art of the Texas Sacred Springs. The first of five sites in a pilgrimage honoring the springs of South Central Texas and Connecting People to nature through Art. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Kelso Art Center.  The exhibit will be on display through April 8.  The Headwaters at Incarnate Word has partnered with a group of passionate professional artists to organize a month long art show celebrating the region’s major springs with a special focus on our own Blue Hole, the source spring of the San Antonio River. The exhibit and accompanying events invite the public to experience these essential springs through various artistic mediums. The special events accompanying the exhibit are free but require registration to secure seating. For more information visit:  Register at:


McCracken Irish Tea


The Inauguration of Dr. Thomas M. Evans

The University will celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas M. Evans as UIW’s 10th President.  Events will begin with a community picnic on Tuesday, March 20 and will conclude with a community Day of Service on Saturday, March 24.  For more information, please visit

Community Picnic

Tuesday, March 20

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Across the river adjacent to the Natatorium / Students and employees with current UIW I.D.s are invited – Please bring your I.D.   

Academic Colloquium

“One Word: A Celebration of What Makes us Whole”  

 A dialogue with the entire faculty of UIW

Wednesday, March 21

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Student Engagement Center Ballroom, Reception to follow, All are invited to attend

Inauguration Liturgy

Thursday, March 22

4 p.m.

Chapel of the Incarnate Word

Presider - Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller MSpS

Limited seating available, by invitation only     


Inauguration Ceremony 

Thursday, March 22

6 p.m.

McDermott Center

Reception to follow in Student Engagement Center Ballroom

All are invited to attend – Limited seating available


Alumni Inauguration Watch Party

Alumni Watch Party


Alumni and other community members are invited to watch a live stream of the UIW Presidential Inauguration. All are invited to attend Thursday, March 22 at the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, 5 – 7 p.m. RSVP

Day of Service 

“Word in Action!”  
Saturday, March 24

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event begins with breakfast and prayer in Student Engagement Center Ballroom

All are invited to join. Click here to register. 


Farhad's Film Series – “It ain’t Pretty” 
Celebrating Women's History Month: "It isn't Pretty" (2017) A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit community of like-minded women.

The documentary, presented as part of Farhad's Film Series, will be shown on Thursday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., in Mabee Library room 221.  For more information, contact Farhad Moshiri at (210) 829-3842 or


UIW Community Garden Workday
The community is invited to join us for the UIW Community Garden Workday on Saturday, March 24 from 9 – 11 a.m. Come be a part of UIW’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and the WORD IN ACTION celebrating President Evans’ upcoming inauguration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help beautify and prolong the life of the campus' Community Garden by helping stain current wood décor, prepare expanded garden beds for polluter plants and harvest current vegetation of food-based plants.  There will be many fun and rejuvenating activities at this family friendly event.  People of all ages are welcome to come out and be a part of the UIW family. For more information, please contact Teofilo Reyes at or call 210-829-2764.


2018 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show

Save the Date for the 2018 “Cutting Edge” Fashion Show set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This official Fiesta event displays the latest fashion created and presented by UIW Fashion design students. The collections include garments students have illustrated, designed and constructed in a year-long fashion capstone course. Each collection is centered on an individual theme ranging from a season, a color or market segment. From sound and lighting to staging and contracting professional models, UIW students experience every aspect of planning a professional runway show. Proceeds benefit student scholarships in UIW’s Fashion Management Program. For tickets, contact the UIW Development Office at (210) 829-6013 or  

Cutting Edge Medal 2018The 2018 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Medals are now available for $5 in the fashion office located on the second floor of the Joyce Building.


 Swing-in 2018


For more information about the higher education events planned by the Tricentennial Committee during 2018, visit


Community News 


Women’s History Month: Did You Know?

Adell Ferguson Polk was the first black graduate from then Incarnate Word College earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1956.  She went on to earn a degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University and led a successful career as a pharmacist at Santa Rosa Hospital. She passed away in October 2015.  In January 2018, the All Faiths Reflection Room in the Student Engagement Center was dedicated in her honor.


Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, to present at Commission on the Status of Women at the UN
Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Associate Provost for Civic Engagement, has been selected to present at the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York on March 13, 2018.  Her session is entitled: Collaborative Practices Rooted in Shared Responsibility for Women’s Empowerment.  She will be presenting on the Cardinal Community Latina Mentorship Program, a collaborative with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability.  She will be presenting jointly with Dr. Lisa Uribe - Kozlovsky, executive director of Women's Global Connection.  Uribe - Kozlovsky will be presenting on WGC's work with rural women in Tanzania and Peru.

Employee Wellness – Lunch & Learn
Join us for our March Lunch & Learn at noon, Thursday, March 15 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room.  Dr. Julieta Rubio Hobbs will be presenting on Maintaining/Promoting Healthy Relationships. Lunch will be provided by the UIW Wellness Center. RSVP to


Have professional clothes to donate?
UIW Career Services will be having a clothes collection March 19 - May 18. The Cardinal Closet will provide professional career clothing for students’ use in interviews, career fairs, internships, networking receptions, and other career-related events, which require professional attire. Please bring in any gently used items to the office of Career Service located in SEC 3030. For more information, contact Career Services at (210) 829-3931 or


Spring Break Dining Hours


The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability invites the community to participate in the WORD IN ACTION celebrating President Evans’ upcoming inauguration by participating in various service activities. For more information, please contact us at 210-283-6423 or visit us in AD 158

Donate Used Glasses for Los Quijotes of San Antonio Health Ambassadors

Please consider donating used glasses that will be used for the 2018 Health Mission trip to the southern part of Mexico, focusing on serving the indigenous population of the state of Oaxaca. Our goal is to collect 100 glasses single vision or readers (no bifocals or progressives). Donations will be accepted through March 23. 

Drop off locations:

  • Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, AD 158
  • Tutoring Services/ Writing and Learning Center, SEC 3167
  • Nursing Building, First Floor
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry, Student Lounge/Cafeteria

 Clothing Drive for Southwest ISD

Donations will help stock the Southwest Independent School District Clothing Closet. Our goal is to collect 250 clothing items. Please consider donating clean and gently used:

  • t-shirts
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • skirts

Drop off your items in any of the Residence Halls and in the Ettling Center in AD 158. Donations will be accepted through March 23.

Koins 4 Kids

Please consider donating your loose change to help provide uniforms and school supplies for the 365 children attending the Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Head Start Center in the Edgewood Independent School District. Our goal is to raise $500. Donations will be accepted through March 23. 

Drop your change at any of these locations:

  • SEC Café
  • Hortencia’s
  • Finnegan’s
  • Luciano Pizzeria
  • Pasha Express
  • Ettling Center, AD 158
  • TRiO Student Support Services, SEC 3145
  • Amanda Pulido, Life Skills Coordinator, AD 23


Staff dining options



Criminal jusstice Panel

The School of Applied Sciences and the Criminal Justice Society hosted a Criminal Justice Conference & Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom.  The conference featured criminal justice professionals from the San Antonio area who presented on topics relevant to current criminal justice issues and trends. A career fair also featured representatives from various local, county, federal and state justice agencies.  Students attended from UIW, CIW, UTSA, Sam Houston State University and TAMU-SA. Pictured above is one of the panels that featured Woodrow J. Halstead, II First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bexar County, Judge Lori Valenzuela 437th District Court, and Judge Jefferson Moore 186th District Court.


RSO Women's Month Lunch

UIW RSO held their annual Women’s History Month Luncheon on Tuesday, March 1. This year’s luncheon guest speaker was attorney Sonia M. Rodriguez (not pictured). Pictured above are (Award winner) Janelle Sventek, Dr. Narges Kasraie and Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Diaz.

 Cardinal Singers


The UIW Cardinal Singers (chamber choir) presented a concert as part of the Chapel of the Incarnate Word Concert Series, Sunday, March 4. Musical selections covered a broad range of styles, languages, and cultures, from rhythmic and fun to heartfelt and beautiful. The Cardinal Singers are under the direction of Bill Gokelman, professor of music and chair of the Music Dept.



Thomas Dotter, candidate for the Doctor of Business Administration degree, held a public defense of his dissertation, Monday, March 5. The dissertation title is "Factors Impacting the Intent to Use an Interactive Visual Aid on a Tablet PC Platform by a Biotechnology Sales Force."



Tiffany Wetz, candidate for the Doctor of Business Administration degree, held a public defense of her dissertation Monday, March 5. Tiffany's dissertation is titled "Primary Care-Related Emergency Department Use." 


2018 Wellness Fair

The UIW Health and Wellness Fair was held Wednesday, March 6, in the Wellness Center. Over 30 vendors were on site to promote health and administer basic biometric screening. The event was sponsored by UIW Health Services, the Employee Wellness Committee, Student Wellness Committee and Human Resources


The Mission Continues

The 2018 Women & Gender Studies Legacy Panel took place on Tuesday, March 6 in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Dr. Alex Antram, director of the Headwaters Coalition, Dr. Lisa Uribe, director of Women's Global Connection, and Sr. Mary Henry CCVI, director of the Heritage Center, shared how they are continuing the CCVI Sisters' Mission through their personal and professional stories. 

Women's Fair 2018
The 3rd Annual UIW Women's Fair was held Wednesday, March 7 on Dubuis Walkway. The Fair featured students and campus organizations, UIW offices, UIW research, Women's Health booth, and booths from community non-profits, Pictured above enjoying the fair are Alana Taylor, coordinator of Study Abroad Programs, Sheena Connell, assistant director of International Student & Scholar Service and Dr. Osman Ozturgut, Dean of Graduate Studies & Research.
Medieval Women Religious
In celebration of Women's History Month and National Catholic Sisters Week, Dr. Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis presented a lecture focused on what arguably was and still is the most controversial ministry Benedictine women religious performed during the Middle Ages: hearing the confessions of fellow community members and visiting laity and pronouncing absolution over them. This lecture took place Wednesday, March 7 in Seddon Recital Hall. It was coordinated by Dr. Adrienne Ambrose pictured above. 
 Diversi Tea

Diversi-Tea featuring Uganda took place on Wednesday, March 7 in the Student Center Concourse. The Campus Engagement office in collaboration with the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability and International Affairs has continued the hosting of a renewed tradition of “Diversi-Tea/Collation” at UIW. The daily tradition of “Collation” of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word dates as far back as 1876 even before the  establishment of the Incarnate Word College in 1886. 



Ana Maria De La Portilla, PhD candidate in the Dreeben School of Education defended her dissertation on Thursday, March 8. The title of Ana's dissertation is "The Closing of Inner-city Catholic Schools and the Impact on Community."           

San Antonio Museum Exhibitions
McNay Exhibit


University employees receive free admission to the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art with their valid UIW ID. Additional fees may apply to exhibitions. For info, contact (210) 829-6019.

San Antonio Museum of Art Current Exhibitions:

The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Through Spring 2018

McNay Art Museum Current Exhibitions:

Captain Seth Eastman’s Journey with a Sketchbook: Down the Mississippi - Through April 1, 2018

100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Mary Bonner - Through April 1, 2018


Faculty Focus 

NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference
UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will host the Greater San Antonio Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) at a conference on Saturday, April 7.  Through this conference, the College Health Scholars Program will work to increase the number of students matriculating to health professional schools and graduate programs. 

NHMA is seeking to enroll freshman and sophomore undergraduate students from the Greater San Antonio area interested in health careers.  These students will have an opportunity to receive academic support, application process information, and financial aid information needed to achieve success in health professions careers. Your assistance recruiting undergraduate freshmen and sophomore students to participate in this outstanding program is greatly appreciated.

The NHMA College Health Scholars Program Conference will take place Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., in the Student Engagement Center Ballroom. Space is limited; students interested in attending can register at  For more information, contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability at (210) 283-6423.


Faculty Advising Workshops
The University Advising Center will be hosting Faculty Advising Workshops in the Student Engagement Center Room 3142. These workshops are designed to provide valuable information that will ease the advising process for main campus undergraduate faculty advisors.

The first session is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. The second session is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 21. The Third Session is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22.

To try and better accommodate your teaching schedule, we will be offering a workshop every hour on the hour. In appreciation for your participation in our workshop, you will receive a $50 stipend. Please RSVP to Janie Rios at


Gamification: What Do Legend of Zelda and Grand Theft Auto Have to Do with Learning?
Whether they involve building a tower with virtual blocks, defending the kingdom of Hyrule, or plotting auto theft in Los Santos, games engross our students—and often us, too. Many of the principles that make games so engaging can be applied to course design.  Participants in this session will visit the educational gaming platform Breakout EDU and discuss ways to apply principles of gamification to their own courses. Door Prize: gift card for gaming supplies

Presenter: Lucretia Fraga (education)

Tues 3-27 (4:15, drinks and snacks) and Wed 3-28 (noon, lunch) in SEC 2034

Register for any session at the following link:


Don’t Just Look at That Paper—Edit It 
Failing to edit well prevents writers from presenting their best selves. But when asked about their editing, students often say they “looked over” the paper, a singularly ineffective approach to the task.  Participants will learn five more effective approaches to editing; they can be provided to students in a handout or occasionally practiced in class.   The first ten faculty members to register and attend each session will receive $100 stipends.

Presenter: Amanda Johnston (Writing and Learning Center)

Tues 4-3 (4:15, drinks and snacks) and Fri 4-6 (noon, lunch) in Admin 212

Register for any session at the following link:


Instructional Technology upcoming training sessions
Several training sessions are scheduled covering a variety of topics. For more information and to sign up for about any of the upcoming sessions, please contact Terry Peak at (210) 218-8795. Click here to register


For Your Students


3rd Annual Ring Ceremony
On Sunday, April 8, the Department of Alumni & Parent Relations will host the 3rd Annual Ring Ceremony. The Ring Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center.

The ceremony is open to all UIW students of junior status and higher who have purchased a class ring. For more information, please visit



Athletics News


  • Mar. 9 - Baseball vs. Abilene Christian - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 10 - Baseball vs. Abilene Christian - 2 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 11 - Baseball vs. Abilene Christian - 1 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 13 - Baseball vs. Maine - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 14 - Baseball vs. Maine - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 15 - Track Hosts Spring Break Invitational - 1 p.m. (Benson Stadium)
  • Mar. 16 - Track Hosts Spring Break Invitational - 10 a.m. (Benson Stadium)
  • Mar. 16 - Softball vs. Central Arkansas (Home Opener/DH) - 5/7 p.m. (Softball Field)
  • Mar. 17 - Women's Tennis vs. Lamar - 10 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • Mar. 17 - Softball vs. Central Arkansas - 12 p.m. (Softball Field)
  • Mar. 18 - Women's Tennis vs. Sam Houston State - 11 a.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • Mar. 21 - Softball vs. Kansas (DH) - 3/5 p.m. (Softball Field)
  • Mar. 22 - Men's Tennis vs. Laredo CC - 2 p.m. (Mabry Tennis Courts)
  • Mar. 23 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 24 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 2 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 25 - Baseball vs. Lamar - 1 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 27 - Baseball vs. Southern - 6:30 p.m. (Sullivan Field)
  • Mar. 30 - Softball vs. HBU (DH) - 4/6 p.m. (Softball Field)
  • Mar. 31 - Softball vs. HBU - 12 p.m. (Softball Field)


Brainpower Connection


  • St. Anthony Catholic High School presents The Garnet and Grey Gala

    St. Anthony Catholic High School Presents The Garnet and Grey Gala, Saturday, April 7 from 7 p.m., to midnight in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom. The 2018 theme is "Investing In Technology" and will honor Fr. Richard Hall, OMI, Class of 1981. The Gala will provide St. Anthony with the opportunity to put technology in the hands of their students. Enjoy great auction items, delicious food, and wonderful entertainment by the Finding Friday Band. For tickets and for more information contact, Henry Garcia, SACHS director of development at (210) 832-3296 or



Visitation House Medal

The Visitation House Ministries 2018 Fiesta Medal is here. Supplies are limited. Medals can be purchased at the Women’s Global Connection Offices located in the Brackenridge Villa, Lower Level, or at Visitation House, 945 W. Huisache, for a suggested donation of $10.  The design presents the ministry logo of the Visitation, featuring Mary and Elizabeth. Proceeds benefit women and children who are experiencing Homelessness. Visitation House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Call Cynthia Bossard at (210) 735-6910 or email for more info.



Our thoughts and prayers go to:

  • Parnell and Brenda Evans & family on the recent loss of their daughter, Brenell Nicole Evans (BA ’13).
  • Joshua Hillyard & family on the recent loss of his mother, Ethel Colene Hillyard (BA ’87, MBA ’88).
  • Martha Edwards Pape (IWHS ’59, BS ’63) & family on the recent loss of her sister; Megan MacDiarmid (IWHS ’04, BBA ’08) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Patricia Ann Edwards Liberto (IWHS ’54).
  • Michael Meskell, Karen Goodwin and Steven Meskell & their families on the recent loss of their mother, Patricia Ann Meskell (IWHS ’46).
  • The family of Dorothy Pieper Smyer (ALND ’57) on her recent death.
  • Edward Steves (UIW Friend) & family on the recent loss of his mother; Gloria Steves Dilley (BA ’05, MBA ’08, Former Development Board) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Allierose Patricia Galt Steves (UIW Friend).
  • James, John, Robert, Michael and Richard Teal & their families on the recent loss of their mother, Lucile M. Teal (Santa Rosa School of Nursing, ’51). 
  • Stephanie Thaggard Tanner (BA ’89) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Jeanne Mason Thaggard (BA ’53, MA ’69).
  • Jesse Underwood & family on the recent loss of his mother, Nancy Anne Underwood (IWHS ’43).


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